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Encyclopedia > Gretchen Wilson
Gretchen Wilson

Background information
Birth name Gretchen Wilson
Born June 26, 1973 (1973-06-26) (age 34)
Origin Flag of Illinois Pocahontas, Illinois, U.S.
Genre(s) Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instrument(s) vocals, guitar
Years active 2004–present
Label(s) Epic Records/Columbia Records
Associated
acts
MuzikMafia, Big & Rich
Website http://www.gretchenwilson.com

Gretchen Frances Wilson (born June 26, 1973) is an American country music singer and guitarist. Her debut album, Here for the Party, topped the US country charts in 2004 and reached #2 on the Billboard 200 chart. Her two subsequent albums All Jacked Up and One of the Boys have also reached the top of the US country charts.[1] She has won a Grammy Award for her music. Image File history File links Acap. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Illinois. ... Pocahontas is a village located in Bond County, Illinois. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Epic Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... The MuzikMafia is an informal collection of singers, songwriters and musicians. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Here for the Party is the 2004 debut album by US country music singer Gretchen Wilson. ... See also: 2004 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2004 Record labels established in 2004 2000s in music. ... The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Biography

Early life

Gretchen was born in Pocahontas, Illinois, to a 16-year-old mother, and Gretchen's father left the family before she was two years old. Living in trailer parks and relative poverty, Gretchen's mother worked as a waitress to support the family. Gretchen began singing for Kmart as a child. She dropped out of the 8th grade at the age of 15 to work as a cook and bartender in rural Illinois. Pocahontas is a village located in Bond County, Illinois. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


After a failed marriage to former Baywolfe band mate Larry Rolens, she moved to Nashville and began dating Mike Penner. They have a daughter, Grace Frances Penner, who was born November 9, 2000. Contrary to rumors, Gretchen is not related to the sisters Nancy and Ann Wilson from Heart. is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Ann (left) and Nancy Wilson, 1993 Nancy Wilson (born March 16, 1954) is an American singer and guitarist who, with her older sister Ann, became a part of the Seattle band Heart. ... Ann Dustin Wilson (born June 19, 1950 in San Diego, California) is the lead singer and flute player[1] of Heart. ... Heart is an American rock band which came out of Bellevue, a suburb of Seattle, Washington State, USA. Going through several lineup changes, the only constant members of the group are sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. ...


Gretchen sang in two bar bands by the age of 20. In 1996 she moved to Nashville to sing back-up and record sample songs. In 2000, she met John Rich, a former member of Lonestar, who invited her to become his song-writing partner. Wilson signed with Epic Records in 2003 and recorded Here for the Party within the year. Nickname: Location in Davidson County and the state of Tennessee Coordinates: , Country United States State Tennessee Counties Davidson County Founded: 1779 Incorporated: 1806 Government  - Mayor Bill Purcell (D) Area  - City  526. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Lonestar (disambiguation). ... Epic Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... Here for the Party is the 2004 debut album by US country music singer Gretchen Wilson. ...


Career

Her first single, "Redneck Woman", was released in early 2004 and reached the top of the Hot Country Songs charts and #22 on the Billboard Hot 100. The success of "Redneck Woman" prompted an earlier-than-planned release for Here for the Party -- May 11, 2004 -- and it debuted at #1 on the Billboard country chart. It also reached #2 on the Billboard 200 and Billboard Internet album sales charts. She performed as a support artist for Brooks & Dunn and Montgomery Gentry. Hot Country Songs is a chart released weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... is the 131st day of the year (132nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Brooks & Dunn is an American country music duo, consisting of singer-songwriters Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


She released the title track Here For The Party as the second single. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard country chart. Two other songs were released as singles, and both reached the top 10. Released in markets outside the U.S., the album hit #2 on the Australian country charts (behind Kasey Chambers) and the top 50 of the Australian charts. As of July 5, 2004, "Redneck Woman" was #1 on a world composite country chart (based on the U.S., U.K., and Australia charts). The album went on sell more than 4 million copies in the U.S. and 5 million worldwide and was certified four times platinum. Kasey Chambers (born: June 4, 1976) is a popular Australian country music performer with three successive albums reaching number one on the Australian album charts in 2002, 2004 and 2006. ... is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On September 27, 2005, Gretchen released her second album, All Jacked Up, which peaked at #1 on both the Top 200 and Country album charts, but, after initial decent sales, the album quickly fell off the charts. It was certified Platinum and sold 1 million copies. The title track, All Jacked Up, peaked at a disappointing #8 on the Country singles chart and was the only song from the album to reach the top 10. The second single, I Don't Feel Like Loving You Today, peaked at #22. The third and the fourth singles were Politically Uncorrect and California Girls, which peaked respectively at #23 and #25 on the Country chart. Kid Rock appeared on "The Other Side of Me," an exclusive track that Target released with the album. is the 270th day of the year (271st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... All Jacked Up is the second album by American country musician, Gretchen Wilson, released in 2005 (see 2005 in music). ...


On February 28, 2006, Gretchen appeared on Kid Rock and The Twisted Brown Trucker Band's "Live" Trucker, as she performed "Picture" recorded at Detroit's Cobo Hall, 3/26/04. On November 2006, she released a new single called Come To Bed, a song produced by her friend John Rich, who also sings the background vocals. The song's suggestive video received a TV-14 S rating when aired on CMT. February 28 is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Robert James Ritchie (born January 17, 1971), best known as Kid Rock, is an American rapper, singer and rock musician most notable for his albums Devil Without a Cause and Cocky and his hit singles Bawitdaba and Picture. ... Robert James Ritchie (born January 17, 1971), best known as Kid Rock, is an American rapper, singer and rock musician most notable for his albums Devil Without A Cause and Cocky containing the rap metal anthem Bawitdaba and the crossover smash Picture with Sheryl Crow. ...


Gretchen's "I Don't Feel Like Loving You Today" was nominated for two Grammy Awards: Best Female Country Vocal Performance, and Best Country Song. In 2006, Wilson contributed a well-received cover of Kris Kristofferson's Sunday Mornin' Coming Down on the tribute CD The Pilgrim: A Celebration of Kris Kristofferson. In 2007, Wilson displayed her rock and roll vocals on the cable TV special VH1 Rock Honors, singing Heart's hit Barracuda, along with Alice in Chains and Heart member Nancy Wilson on guitar., Kristoffer Kris Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an influential American country music songwriter, singer and actor. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently part of the MTV Networks division... Heart is an American rock band which came out of Bellevue, a suburb of Seattle, Washington State, USA. Going through several lineup changes, the only constant members of the group are sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. ... Barracuda is a song written and recorded by the rock band Heart. ... Alice in Chains is a popular and influential rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1987. ... Ann (left) and Nancy Wilson, 1993 Nancy Wilson (born March 16, 1954) is an American singer and guitarist who, with her older sister Ann, became a part of the Seattle band Heart. ...


On May 15, 2007, Gretchen released her third album, One of the Boys. The album debuted at #5 on the Top 200 and at #1 on the Country album chart. After 11 weeks, it exited the Billboard Top 200, having sold just 178,220 copies at that point. Come To Bed and One Of The Boys, the two singled released, both failed to enter the top 30 missed the Hot 100 completely. is the 135th day of the year (136th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... One of the Boys is the third solo album by country singer Gretchen Wilson. ...


On September 3, 2007 Wilson announced that she plans to obtain a General Education Development certification [1]. is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... The GED, or General Education Development Test, is a test that certifies the taker has attained American or Canadian high school-level academic skills. ...


Awards

  • 2005 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year
  • 2004 ACM Top Female Vocalist
  • 2004 ACM Top New Artist
  • 2004 CMA Horizon Award
  • 2004 Grammy Award Best Female Country Vocal Performance

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Grammy Award history

Category Genre Album or Song Year Result
Best Country Female Vocal Performance Country "Redneck Woman" 2004 Won
Best New Artist General N/A 2005 Nominated
Best Country Song Country "Redneck Woman" 2005 Nominated
Best Country Album Country Here for the Party 2005 Nominated
Best Country Album Country All Jacked Up 2006 Nominated
Best Female Country Vocal Performance Country "All Jacked Up" 2006 Nominated
Best Country Song Country "All Jacked Up" 2006 Nominated
Best Country Collaboration w/ Vocals Country "Politically Uncorrect" 2006 Nominated

Discography

Albums

Year Album Chart US Sales
US Country US 200
2004 Here for the Party 1 2 4.6 million (5x platinum)
2005 All Jacked Up 1 1 1.1 million (1x platinum)
2007 One of the Boys 1 5 0.2 million (Not certified)

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Singles

Year Title Chart Positions Album
US Country US Hot 100
2004 "Redneck Woman" 1 22 Here for the Party
2004 "Here for the Party" 3 39 Here for the Party
2004 "Red Bird Fever"A 59
2005 "When I Think About Cheatin'" 4 39 Here for the Party
2005 "Homewrecker"B 2 56 Here for the Party
2005 "All Jacked Up" 8 42 All Jacked Up
2005 "I Don't Feel Like Loving You Today" 22 109 All Jacked Up
2005 "Our America" (w/ Big & Rich and Cowboy Troy)C 44 Comin' To Your City (Big & Rich album)
2006 "Politically Uncorrect" (w/Merle Haggard) 23 All Jacked Up
2006 "That's How They Do It In Dixie"
( w/ Hank Williams, Jr., Big & Rich, and Van Zant)
36 That's How They Do It in Dixie: The Essential Collection
(Hank Williams Jr. album)
2006 "California Girls" 25 121 All Jacked Up
2006 "Come To Bed" (w/John Rich) 32 One of the Boys
2007 "One Of The Boys" 35 One of the Boys
2007 "You Don't Have To Go Home" One of the Boys

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References

  1. ^ http://www.gactv.com/gac/nw_headlines/article/0,,GAC_26063_5553698,00.html

External links

  • Gretchen Wilson official site
  • Gretchen Wilson at CMT

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Wilson grew up in poverty, living in a succession of trailers, as her mother struggled to pay the rent by working as a waitress at a diner.
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